George Wostenholm Sheffield IXL fighting dagger, antique American Civil War era I*XL-marked blade fighter with mother of pearl handle and original leather sheath. Rare type in great condition, considering the age.
Scarce circa 1848th-1880th spear-point blade fighting knife manufactured by the famous “Cutlers to their Majesties” George Wostenholm & Son in Washington Works, Sheffield. George Wostenholm had been one of the best makers of knives, bayonets, swords, and various cutlery in the British Empire since 1745. Sadly, the company got sold in 1971.
This specimen is in fare condition; the blade has been cleaned and re-sharpened; it is very sharp still; the tip is intact. Ricasso is stamped with the famous I✱XL trademark (meaning I Excel) and circa 1848-1880th company logo on one side. Solid full-tang construction with a solid German silver double-guard, pins, and engravable inlay on one side. Handle scales are genuine mother of pearl – a scarce and pretty expensive handle material back in the days. The handle is in very good condition with no major damage or repairs; a few small chips on the pearl on the pommel are noted for accuracy. The handle is solid; all parts are tight with no play. The knife is about 10″ / 25.4 cm overall; the blade is about 5-7/8″ / 15 cm long. Original leather sheath is in very good condition, considering the age. The leather is soft and supple still. Don’t miss your chance to add this rare George Wostenholm Sheffield IXL fighting dagger to your collection!
This Civil War era George Wostenholm Sheffield IXL fighting dagger was part of the diverse collection of militaria items that I’ve recently purchased spanning from WW1 to the War in Vietnam. This personal collection contains many interesting items, some are unique, but there is just too much work to list it all at the same time. Please check out my site periodically for new arrivals; I’ll be listing more items in the next few weeks. Overall, this fine George Wostenholm Sheffield IXL fighting dagger is in very good condition, considering the age. Don’t miss your chance to add vintage and hard-to-find antique fighting dagger type to your collection. This George Wostenholm Sheffield fighting dagger has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way; it is in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have several vintage European knives available for sale – please check out our Collectable Blades section for similar listings.
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